How to Retrieve Photos on iPhone/iPad after Factory Reset

By Gina Barrow, Last updated: March 17, 2021

“Can you recover photos from iPhone after factory reset? I recently performed a factory reset on my iPhone because it was crashing on me all the time. I forgot to backup my photos before the hard reset iPhone though, how do I recover photos from my iPhone after factory reset without backup, Please help.”

Part 1. What is a Factory Reset?Part 2. How to Perform a Factory Reset on iPhone/iPad without ComputerPart 3. How to Perform a Factory Reset on iPhone/iPad via iTunesPart 4. Retrieve Photos on iPhone/iPad after Factory Reset via iTunesPart 5. Extract Photos on iPhone/iPad after Factory Reset via iCloudPart 6. Retrieve Photos on iPhone/iPad after Factory Reset Selectively in 3-in-1 ToolVideo Guide: How to Extract Photos after Factory Reset on iPhone/iPad?Summary

Part 1. What is a Factory Reset?

A factory reset on an iPhone/iPad totally erases all the information and settings stored on the iOS device and installs the latest compatible software version. It deletes all the downloaded apps and account settings and it also erases the entire app data for the default apps.

When to perform a Factory Reset?

A factory reset is performed when the device’s software or settings are not performing well. Here are a few of the scenarios that may need factory reset:

  • If you are selling your iPhone/iPad
  • If you are sending the iOS device for repair
  • If your phone is lost/stolen
  • If you are troubleshooting a recurring iOS software problem

When you are performing a factory reset, make sure that you have properly created a backup to iTunes or iCloud so you can easily restore your personal information right after.

What is a Factory Reset

There are two ways to perform a factory reset on the iPhone/iPad. One is to directly do it on the device itself and two, remotely using a computer.

Part 2. How to Perform a Factory Reset on iPhone/iPad without Computer

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Tap General and then tap Reset
  3. Find and tap ‘Erase all Content and Settings
  4. Enter the passcode if asked
  5. Confirm the action
  6. Wait until the reset is complete. It usually takes a few minutes to wipe out all the phone contents and data

How to Perform a Factory Reset on iPhone/iPad without Computer

Part 3. How to Perform a Factory Reset on iPhone/iPad via iTunes

  1. First, make sure you have the latest iTunes version installed
  2. Open iTunes on the computer and connect iOS device using a lightning cable
  3. If asked for a passcode then enter the passcode of the device or it will ask you to ‘Trust this Computer
  4. Click on your device when it appears on iTunes
  5. Under the Summary pane, click ‘Restore
  6. Confirm the action by clicking ‘Restore’ again
  7. Wait until the request is complete
  8. The iOS device will restart and can be set up as new

How to Perform a Factory Reset on iPhone/iPad via iTunes

There are two backup sources that allow you to recover pictures after factory reset. The first option is to restore from iTunes and the next is to restore from iCloud.

Part 4. Retrieve Photos on iPhone/iPad after Factory Reset via iTunes

Here is how to restore iPhone with iTunes:

  1. Connect the iPhone/iPad to the computer using a USB cable.
  2. Launch iTunes and click File and then click on Devices
  3. Click ‘Restore from Backup
  4. Wait until the entire iTunes backup(including the photos) is restored on the iPhone/iPad

Retrieve Photos on iPhone/iPad after Factory Reset via iTunes

Retrieve Photos from iTunes Program

Part 5. Extract Photos on iPhone/iPad after Factory Reset via iCloud

After you have reset the iPhone/iPad, follow the steps below on how to restore your data via iCloud:

  1. Slide to setup
  2. Choose the desired language and country
  3. Connect to a wireless network. Note: Do not use mobile data as it may incur overage charges and the connection may be too slow to download the backup
  4. Choose whether to turn on the location or off
  5. On the next screen, choose ‘Restore from iCloud
  6. Agree to the terms and conditions
  7. Select the most recent backup
  8. Wait until the iCloud backup is entirely restored on the device

Extract Photos on iPhone/iPad after Factory Reset via iCloud

Part 6. Retrieve Photos on iPhone/iPad after Factory Reset Selectively in 3-in-1 Tool

Apart from the iTunes and iCloud backup sources, you can easily recover photos after factory reset by using third-party programs. FoneDog Toolkit- iOS Data Recovery has the complete tools needed for recovery. It provides three options:

  • Recover from iOS device
  • Recover from iTunes backup
  • Recover from iCloud backup

This simply means that even if you don’t have any backups made, you are still able to recover photos after factory reset by only using FoneDog Toolkit- Data Recovery for iOS.

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Recover from iOS Device

This recovery method works perfectly for those who have forgotten to take backups of their pictures and other phone contents. As long as the iOS device data is not overwritten, there is a greater chance of recovery. You can recover photos after the factory reset smoothly with this option. Follow the steps on how to recover iPad photos after restore without backup:

Step 1. Launch FoneDog Toolkit- iOS Data Recovery and Connect PC

First make sure that you have already downloaded and installed the program FoneDog Toolkit- iOS Data Recovery, on the computer. Launch the program and click on the first recovery method on the left panel: Recover from the iOS device and then connect the iPhone/iPad using an original USB cable. Once the iPhone/iPad is detected, click on ‘Start Scan’ to continue.

Launch FoneDog Toolkit- iOS Data Recovery and Connect PC

Note: Before using the program, you must turn off the iTunes auto-sync otherwise it might overwrite the iTunes data.

Step 2. Scan, Preview, and Recover Photos after Factory Reset iPhone/iPad

FoneDog Toolkit- iOS Data Recovery will begin to scan the entire iOS device for all the missing or deleted photos and other contents such as contacts, documents, calendars, emails, messages, videos, and more.

After the scanning stops, it will display all the recovered files on the left panel. Go over to the photos categories and then find the deleted photos needed. From here, you can selectively recover photos after factory reset without the need to restore the entire files. Mark the photos required and then click on the ‘Recover’ button to download and save the pictures on the computer.

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Recover from iTunes Backup File

The second method by FoneDog Toolkit- iOS Data Recovery is to ‘Recover from iTunes Backup File’. FoneDog Toolkit- iOS Data Recovery simply extracts the iTunes backups and lets you choose the photos only to recover. You don’t need to endure more data loss by overwriting the existing phone contents. You can perform selective recovery at any time. To make it clear, follow these steps:

1. Launch FoneDog Toolkit- iOS Data Recovery and Choose Option

Launch the program FoneDog Toolkit- iOS Data Recovery and then click on the second recovery method ‘Recover from iTunes Backup File’. After that, choose the most recent iTunes backup file displayed on the screen. Click ‘Start Scan’ to continue.

Note: You don’t need to launch the iTunes while the program FoneDog Toolkit- iOS Data Recovery is already running.

Launch FoneDog Toolkit- iOS Data Recovery and Choose Option

2. Scan, Extract and Recover Pictures after iPhone/iPad Factory Reset

FoneDog Toolkit- iOS Data Recovery will scan the iTunes backup file. Once the scanning stops, the entire backup contents will be loaded and displayed onscreen. Go to the photos categories and then mark the pictures you only want to recover. It is better to create a new folder on the computer to save the pictures for easier access later on.

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Recover from iCloud Backup File

The last recovery method by FoneDog Toolkit- iOS Data Recovery is ‘Recover from iCloud’. Essentially, it takes all the iCloud backup contents and lets you choose files selectively. Just like the second option, you can easily recover photos after factory reset easily by using ‘Recover from iCloud’ method. Follow these guides to get a clearer picture:

#1. Run FoneDog Toolkit- iOS Data Recovery and Sign in to iCloud

On the computer, launch FoneDog Toolkit- iOS Data Recovery and choose the third and last recovery method which is ‘Recover from iCloud Backup File’. Sign in to your iCloud account when prompted. Make sure you are using the same exact account for your backups.

Note: If you enabled the 2-step authentication on your iPhone/iPad then you need to turn it off to allow FoneDog Toolkit- iOS Data Recovery to run prior to the recovery process.

Run FoneDog Toolkit- iOS Data Recovery and Sign in to iCloud

#2. Choose Desired iCloud Backup and Download the Photos File

After you have logged in to iCloud, you need to choose the most recent iCloud backup contents by referring to the date and timestamps. Click on the ‘Download’ button and wait until the entire file types will be displayed on a pop-up window. On the small window, choose the entire media files which may contain the deleted photos and click on ‘Next’ to continue.

Choose Desired iCloud Backup and Download the Photos File

#3. Retrieve Pictures from iPhone and iPad after Factory Reset

FoneDog Toolkit- iOS Data Recovery will now extract the entire iCloud backup contents and scan them thoroughly. Once the scanning stops, it will display all the recovered files from the backup onscreen. Find the deleted pictures in each category and then mark them selectively. Click on the ‘Recover’ button at the end of the screen.

Retrieve Pictures from iPhone and iPad after Factory Reset

Video Guide: How to Extract Photos after Factory Reset on iPhone/iPad?

Summary

If you are on the search for the easiest way to retrieve photos on iPhone/iPad after factory reset then choose to download FoneDog Toolkit- iOS Data Recovery. It has 3-in-1 solution which can deeply scan and extract the entire files on the iPhone/iPad and from the backups. You have just learned the different ways to perform a factory reset as well as the different methods to recover essential files.

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The next time you need to recover other files like call logs, text messages, music, WhatsApp messages & attachments, contacts and many more, choose FoneDog Toolkit- iOS Data Recovery. It works perfectly with iOS 14, iPhone12/11/X, iPhone 8, and 8Plus with a free trial version for you to test on!

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Was a Technical Specialist for a while, troubleshooting Smartphone and Software-related issues until a writing stint caught my attention.

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